Many times I have someone in my office or in a casual conversation asking the question, ”What is my "purpose" in life?” “Why am I here?” “I don’t know what I am supposed to be doing with my life.” Seeking ..seeking…why do we place such importance and undue pressure on ourselves to arrive at a definitive answer? Have you found yourself doing this?
Curiosity is wonderful; but when you find yourself constantly "seeking", you may miss what is right in front of you. Have you ever regretted not being more "present" with your family, friends, or situation?
I personally believe it is quite simple, our purpose is the “exact moment we are in!” Yes, is easier said than done at times. Why not try, "Just for today" being as aware as you can without judgment of yourself or others, and just appreciate each experience life finds you in?
We can learn from the founder of Reiki, Usui Sensei. When he first discovered Reiki, he was on a 21-day retreat in search of the "ultimate purpose of life". He originally and incompletely thought the purpose of life was “a state of complete peace of mind and complete stillness”.
In the book “Light on the Origins of Reiki”, Tadao Yamaguchi, shares that Usui Sensei went to his Zen master whom he greatly respected and the master told him that he must experience death to understand life. He ventured out on a 21-day retreat, and on the final day, he experienced an understanding and a feeling when the light of universal energy and his own energy came together as one. He declared: “The universe is me and I am the universe”. For him, he achieved enlightenment and discovered Reiki which means "Universal Energy".
Your "purpose", could simply mean that you are recognizing that every moment that you are in has a meaning and has value in some way in your life. Even as you are reading this blog there is something purposeful about it. Being present is beneficial in everything you are experiencing. You are alive with energy! YOU are important and every moment is important.
So this week, as you wash a dish, drive to work, listen to a friend, hold someone's hand, observe a stranger, feel the sunshine, handle a conflict, experience an emotion or watch your kids, I suggest you try without any judgment, have a grateful heart you are alive and simply allow your moments to "be" without any pressure or expectation and simply observe...."The universe is me and I am the universe".
Let me know what you experience as you experiment! Please comment below, I would love to hear from you!
In light and love,